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Kaikoura walks

Kaikoura has some of the most amazing scenery "where the mountains meet the sea" within reach to all ages and fitness levels. Find here the short walks ( less than 2 hours), and click here for the longer walks. Be prepared and check the weather conditions. Please make sure you lock your car and don't have valuables visible. Check with Kaikoura i-SITE for more details before heading out.

Guided Walks

Maori Tours Kaikoura

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BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

To learn more contact the team now. They will listen to your needs before offering or custom designing a refreshingly genuine experience for you or your group – infusing creativity with clever and sustainable use of the areas spectacular natural resources.

Heather & Maurice Manawatu
10 Churchill Street, Kaikoura.

0800 866 267

+64 3 319 5567

info@maoritours.co.nz

www.maoritours.co.nz

Intensity: Easy
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If you’re visiting Kaikoura you’ll want to know more about the indigenous history and culture of the area – one of the most spectacular locations, you could ever encounter.

The best way is to join this family who are members of Ngati Kuri, the sub-tribe of Ngai Tahu – the South Islands largest tribe. Their ancestral links to Kaikoura span more than eight hundred years and through these connections they’re able to share the precise history and legends of the area.

Tours are a combination of laughter, learning and storytelling, delivered in a natural way and specially designed to give you deep insight into bygone days and spiritual values of Maori people, whilst providing an understanding of how they have adapted to the modern world of today.

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Kaikoura Short Walks

Duration of walk: One Hour
How to get there:

Book and Meet at i-SITE Kaikoura. Or Text 0274353904

Intensity: Easy
Description of walk:

One hour guided walk, showcasing Kaikoura cultural/heritage highlights: memorial gardens, stables and Takahanga Marae. Includes 2016 earthquake effects on landscape and seabed lift.

Facilities available:
Important information: Please wear appropriate footwear.

Short walks

Kaikoura Short Walks

Duration of walk: One Hour
How to get there:

Book and Meet at i-SITE Kaikoura. Or Text 0274353904

Intensity: Easy
Description of walk:

One hour guided walk, showcasing Kaikoura cultural/heritage highlights: memorial gardens, stables and Takahanga Marae. Includes 2016 earthquake effects on landscape and seabed lift.

Facilities available:
Important information: Please wear appropriate footwear.

Point Kean Seal Colony

Duration of walk: 1 hour one-way
How to get there:

4km drive or 20minute walk from Kaikoura township towards Point Kean Seal Colony.

Intensity: Easy scenic walk and access
Description of walk:

A steep 5min start. The rest of the track is an easy walk and provides stunning views of the Kaikoura coastline, mountains and township. You can walk 1km out on the seabed at the Point Kean Seal Colony end of the track. Two areas to view seals at Point Kean. At low tide you can walk around the Point.

Facilities available: carpark, toilets and picnic area
Important information: Please remember that seals are wild creatures so don’t feed or litter. Treat seals with caution and respect and remain 10m away in distance.

Fyffe-Palmer Track

Duration of walk: 1 hour and 15 minutes return loop
How to get there:

Transport required.
A 10 minute drive form the Kaikoura Township to the Mt Fyffe road carpark

Intensity: moderate
Description of walk:

The start of the walk is steep through farmland. The track takes you through the regenerating forest of Fyffe-Palmer Scenic Reserve. Excellent views looking back over Kaikoura before you enter the forest

Facilities available: Car Parking area
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Omihi Lookout Track

Duration of walk: One hour return
How to get there:

This track is not accessible due to unsafe access.

Transport required.
A 15 minute drive from the Kaikoura township heading south on State Highway 1. The track starts opposite the Omihi camp ground, one kilometre south of Goose Bay

Intensity: Easy access short walk
Description of walk:

The track climbs through low coastal forest to a lookout point providing great views of the coastline

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Okiwi Bay Lookout

Duration of walk: 20 minutes return
How to get there:

This track is not accessible due to earth quake damage

Transport required.
A 20 minute drive from the Kaikoura township heading north on State Highway 1 to Okiwi Bay carpark

Intensity: Short walk
Description of walk:

A steep short walk to the lookout

Facilities available: Car Park
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Puhi Puhi Reserve

Duration of walk: 30 minutes return
How to get there:

Drive 12kms north of Kaikoura then turn left up the Puhi Puhi Valley, a gravel road

Intensity: Easy access short walk
Description of walk:

A flat loop track through a scenic reserve, lowland Podocarp forest. A scenic reserve

Facilities available: Car parking area and picnic area
Important information: The valley is a gravel windy road, drive with care

Hinau walk

Duration of walk: 45 minute loop walk
How to get there:

Transport required.
10 minutes drive from the Kaikoura township turn down Ludstone road which merges into Red Swamp road. Turn left onto Postmans road and follow untill the base of Mount Fyffe car park

Intensity: Short walk. a well-formed track that is suitable for families
Description of walk:

The loop takes you through an unusual forest with a number of Hinau trees, Mahoe, Putaputaweta, Broadleaf, Tree Fushcia and Pigeonwood. The track passes through a stand of Kanuka

Facilities available: Car Park and Picnic area
Important information: Gravel roads as of Postmans road. Part of the drive to the walk is driving through riverbed

Ohau Stream & Waterfall

Duration of walk: 20 minutes return
How to get there:

This track is not accessible due to earthquake damage

Transport required

15 minutes drive from the Kaikoura township heading north on State Highway 1. Drive past the Ohau Seal viewing platform on the right over and down the rise to the left is the car park, the start of the walk. For more information, click here.

Intensity: Easy access short walk
Description of walk:

A short scenic walk alongside the Ohau stream to a picturesque waterfall. Sometimes in the winter months there may be a group of young playful seal pups swimming in the waterfall.

Facilities available: Car park and picnic area
Important information: Please remember the seal pups are wild creatures don't feed or litter. Treat these wild animals with caution and respect

Long walks

The Kaikoura Coastal Track

Duration of walk: 2 Days
How to get there:

Go to www.kaikouratrack.co.nz for bookings

Intensity: Suitable for most walkers of reasonable fitness.
Description of walk:

Walk Kaikoura’s hidden coastline & experience a private walking track like no other.
Let us share our beautiful land with you for two days as you discover a coastline with abundant wild life, tussock covered tops and farmland.

Relax at lunch shelters with great views while enjoying a refreshing drink. Tramp through bush filled gullies to views of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains rising out of the vast Pacific Ocean. A great chance to get into real New Zealand and meet farming families who have lived here for generations. We transport your luggage and provide comfortable upper-end backpacker accommodation.

• Price per person includes cost of transfer of luggage daily
• Walk each day with only a day pack
• Fully equipped kitchens or buy your meals
• Bring sleeping bag and towel, though linen can be hired
• Guide booklet, track very well signposted

Facilities available: The Kaikoura Coast Track offers:
• Every day’s walk has a lunch shelter to relax in and make hot drinks
• Located 40 km south of Kaikoura, easily accessed by car or buses
• Safe car parking
• Up to 10 walkers only each day
• Open October to April inclusive
Important information: Bookings essential.

Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

Duration of walk: 3 hours
How to get there:

50 minutes walk for Town to Point Kean carpark, or a 10 minute drive

Intensity: Moderate
Description of walk:

A natural seal colony is at the beginning of the walk. Amazing views and viewpoints, a stunning walk over the Kaikoura Peninsula. A well maintained track with interpretation panels on the way.
Click here for more information

Facilities available: Car parking area. Picnic area
Important information: Please respect the seals as they are wild creatures. Don't get between them and the sea. Keep your distance.

Patutu via Patutu

Duration of walk: 7-8 hours return
How to get there:

This track is not accessible due to earthquake damage

Transport required. 15 minutes north on State Highway 1. Okiwi Bay car park

Intensity: Hard
Description of walk:

A rugged steep climb with views of the Pacific Ocean

Facilities available: Car parking area
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Mt Fyffe hut

Duration of walk: 5 hours return
How to get there:

10 minutes drive from Kaikoura township to the base of Mt Fyffe
(same directions as to the Hinau walk)

Intensity: Hard
Description of walk:

The 4wd track winds up to fantastic views of Kaikoura’s peninsula and farmland. The summit is 8 hours return.
Click here for more information

Facilities available: Car parking area at the base. Hut with bunk beds and fire
Important information: Part of the drive to the walk is driving through riverbed and gravel roads. 1602m

Halfmoon Bay – Seaward Valley

Duration of walk: 4 hours return
How to get there:

This track is not accessible due to earthquake damage

15 minutes north of Kaikoura on State Highway 1

Intensity: Moderate-hard
Description of walk:

The walk takes you through regenerating native bush and rugged farmland

Facilities available: Car parking area
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Haumuri Bluff

Duration of walk: 4 to 5 hours
How to get there:

15 minutes drive south of Kaikoura on State Highway 1

Intensity: Moderate-hard
Description of walk:

Limestone Haumuri Bluffs. Minerals and fossils can be found along the beach, marine wildlife can sometimes be spotted

Facilities available: Car parking area
Important information: Tidal access required. No entry through Oaro Settlement

Okiwi Bay Pacific Lookout

Duration of walk: 2 hours return
How to get there:

This track is not accessible due to earthquake damage

Transport required.
A 20 minute drive north of Kaikoura on State Highway 1

Intensity: Easy-moderate
Description of walk:

A steep walk with very rewarding views of the Pacific Ocean

Facilities available: Car Parking area
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